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Old 03-24-2008
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Pete,
I know what you mean about hitting your head. I prefer to hit my head on the FC mirror. It usually leaves an ugly mark so when I am shaving I am reminded not to do it again. The problem with the awning support is that I managed to stand up, turn and walk into it. Lucky my neck was in the path of the support so I didn't get a mark on my forehead, but the choking sound alerted my wife so she could remind me not to do it again.
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Pete,
I know what you mean about hitting your head. I prefer to hit my head on the FC mirror. It usually leaves an ugly mark so when I am shaving I am reminded not to do it again. The problem with the awning support is that I managed to stand up, turn and walk into it. Lucky my neck was in the path of the support so I didn't get a mark on my forehead, but the choking sound alerted my wife so she could remind me not to do it again.
The Mirrors on my PT are not much different than those on your FC for the head-banging. Especially the one on the curb side seems to be the _perfect_ height, when the jacks are down, to take off about 1/2" of the top of my head.
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Old 06-25-2008
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Question Zip Dee awning maintenance

I just went by Zip Dee and bought the handles for pushing out the awning (that just clamp on and make it easier) and the slide rods that go on the side of the coach for raising the awning a little (makes it more adjustable). They also have a kit for a solar screen that clips on to the bottom of the bog awning after you drill holes in the tube and install the clips (since Zip Dees don't have a groove in the tube).

Anyone have experience installing the slide bars and/or solar kit. They look pretty easy. I haven't bought the solar screen kit yet but am considering it.

Thanks,

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Old 07-08-2008
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Question Zip Dee awning maintenance

Has anyone ever disassembled a Zip Dee awning tube. My little kitchen awning crashed down to the open position today in a thunderstorm. I suspect a recoil spring failure. Don't know. It will not roll up as normal.
I will remove it tomorrow and see what happened. I am certain parts are available. Will search tomorrow. Any comments appreciated.
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Old 07-09-2008
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Leroy,
I was just reading the manual for mine the other day and remember it talking about setting the roll up tension. The way they spoke, you should be able to take it apart, replace the spring, put it back together, essentially wind it up and you're back in business.

Just got my manual out, and it indicates using the main bar at the rear of the awning as a "winding lever". There's only one spring (it should be a #200121 for up to a 12', if it's a nonlocking or has a standard spring, the number is 200120), so it shouldn't be difficult to replace. Once repaired, you clockwise wind the main arm bar (when standing at the rear of the awning looking forward) 14 turns for anything up to 16' awnings. This appears to be 14 turns with the awning closed- not sure how you'd accomplish that, unless you remove it completely- as it speaks of thus having 21 turns of tension when open! Then you "fine tune" it so that when you start it closed, you need to push it about 12" closed before the spring takes over. Hope this helps. It also looks like you'll need a couple of rivets- the roller end ones are #316160 and the spring stop one is #316100. Sounds like nothing a couple of cold ones won't fix!!
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Has anyone ever disassembled a Zip Dee awning tube. My little kitchen awning crashed down to the open position today in a thunderstorm. I suspect a recoil spring failure. Don't know. It will not roll up as normal.
I will remove it tomorrow and see what happened. I am certain parts are available. Will search tomorrow. Any comments appreciated.

LeRoy,

Check out ZipDee Awnings for a link to their website, then click on "Maintenance" and you will find the information similar to what John is talking about, plus more.
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Thank you, I have it off and the guts are rolling around inside the tube. I will drill out the rivets tonight and see what happened. I will let you know.
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The recoil spring failed because of latent moisture condensate over the years. In the process it yanked the control rod out of the camlock???The internal three footed gismo that holds the spring tight. For the life of me I cannot see how that thing would hold anything, but it does.
So far not big deal. Gotta order a part.
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At least it sounds like an easy fix!
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Yes, not much to it really. In all, when finished probably an hour of work. The replacement spring assembly is $110. I also found that one can purchase a new canvas to spec with one slat of the casing. Just remove two screws, slide the new slat and the attached canvas on to the old casing, slide the tube through the canvas and pop rivet it together. My main awning is faded so I will replace it this way in the near future. Supposedly, send them the serial number, they will make the awing complete with BB logo. I will have a price on that tomorrow I hope.
Thanks for the help.
I still cannot figure out how that contraption on the end of the spring assembly holds the spring tight. It just floats in the tube. It must get into a major bind somehow when the spring is tightened. See the picture.
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